Bosom For The Bruised And Broken

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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My nose was blocked with mucus, and it was so serious that I had to breathe from my mouth. I know that it sounds absurd, but I was afraid that when I would sleep at night, I might forget to breathe through my mouth, and I would die. The house seemed so claustrophobic with its little windows that I felt depressed, alone, and broken. I couldn't share my feelings with anyone. However, when I attended a midweek service, there was a change, right there in the church. I felt at peace, knowing that Christ was there and that there was enough air for me. Recounting this experience makes me realize that the best place to find comfort when we are in trouble is with Christ.

Luke 16:22-23 – And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV)

Matthew 12:20 – A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. (KJV)

Abraham's bosom was the place of comfort that people in the Old Testament times thought of, which is the equivalent of Christ in paradise for us. We are bruised reeds, and Christ is interested in mending us. Make no mistake, everything about Christ is not only judgement, but love and care. He is very interested in you and me, for we are like lost sheep.

Matthew 15:24 – But [Jesus] answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (KJV)

Most of us have faced problems, for in our lives, we are as if in our little boats on the big sea, experiencing all the storms. Have we forgotten that the Master is there with us as we cry, "Lord, don't you care if we drown?" He just wants us to ask Him faithfully, and then, He will take our hands and walk us on the waters to dry land. Faith is all that we need to have. Faith is belief, and when we believe, we know that there is a Comforter always ready to give us a hug. The feeling that Christ offers us is like when someone gives us a cloth to cover our nudity or saves us from bullies — that's Christ. And beyond this life, as Lazarus discovered, going to heaven is better than the feeling of coming in from the rain and entering a warm home with hot tea and cookies. Jesus is the person Who gives us rest — both here on earth and in heaven after our time on earth.

Are you alone? Bruised from life's challenges? Overwhelmed by despair? Brokenhearted? Have your friends, family, and confidants deserted you? Today, I can tell you that Christ is there. He is that silent friend, faithful companion, and true confidant. You are like a bruised reed, and all He is saying is, "I will bring you health and cure." Come to Him.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to believe in You, and to have a relationship with You that transcends troubled times. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen John!

    Thanks for sharing, John.

    Thank you for this comfort.

    Amazing. Amen Brother! Blessings.

    So beautifully said, very comforting.

    It is these troubled times that bring us closer to God through prayer.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Blessings.

    Thank you for the words of encouragement.

    Thank you, John! We need this reminder more and more in this unstable world.

    Bless you and God bring you the comfort daily that you so gratefully reminded us of.

    Dear John,
    Thank you for this very comforting and encouraging message today.

    Dear John,
    Thank you for your inspiring message.
    Blessings and Joy.

    Thank you, John for your devotion today.
    It’s very encouraging.
    (Québec Canada)

    Thank you so much John…your message hits home for me and is positive and encouraging.
    (Nova Scotia Canada)

    John, your words beautifully convey the wonderful truth of a Saviour who provides us with comfort and joy when we open up our hearts to him. Thank you for this reminder.

    Thank you, John, for your encouraging words this morning. Yes, the Lord is ever present to serve us and for that we must be very thankful and give honour to HIM. Blessings for writing.

    Amen Brother John,
    Thank-you for your words of encouragement!
    Keeping you and all who are in Christ in Nigeria uplifted in prayer.
    Psalm 37 is also a great reminder to Faith.
    God Bless.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us of the comfort of Christ which is there when we turn to Him. I had not thought about others turning to Abraham’s bosom in the times of the Old Testament.
    I do know that Christ is not only about judgment, but He is truly there to comfort and love us. How blessed are we.
    Yesterday I came down with a slight cold even though I am still masking up and as far as I know wasn’t near anyone with a cold. It was interesting to me that your devotional started with how you felt when you had a cold.
    May we always remember to turn to Christ in the difficult times and in the good times to build on that relationship that he wants with all His sheep. Blessings and Joy.

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